86 shoulder while his big, slack lips parted to say, "I sure God got one to tell you now, that's a fact!" "Hi, there," Means called, and lounged down the bar toward them. The two men with Mr, Munn said hello, but Mr. Munn merely nodded. The man whose name Mr. Munn did not know approached them, and thrust his way into the group, hanging Ms arm across Joe Mean's shoulder. " Hello, Alec," he said to one of the men with Mr. Munn, and "Hello, Morris." "Do you all know each other?" the man named Alec asked, turning from Mr. Munn to the newcomers. " This is Mr. Holt-----" Holt set his drink on the bar and thrust out his hand, say- ing : " Sure I know Munn. I been seeing him around town. I seen him this morning over to the courthouse. Joe and me was over there, wasn't we, Joe?" All the while he was grip- ping Mr. Munn's hand and pumping it up and down with an absent-minded, mechanical motion. " Fm glad to know you," Mr. Munn said, and with a slight effort disengaged his hand. He was sorry he had come. " And pour another one here," Alec was demanding, indi- cating the empty glass in front of Mr. Munn. " No, no more for me," Mr. Munn insisted, but the whisky was already in the glass. "It'll do you good," Alec told him. "What I always say," Holt said, "is there ain't nothing better'n a good slug of whisky for putting a man on his feet except two good slugs of whisky. Now ain't that what I always say, eh, Joe? That's what I always-----" ** Besides, you ought to celebrate," Alec asserted, " getting your man off and all." ** You sure got Mm off, now. Joe and me was over there, wasn't we, Joe?" Yeah, now" Joe Means said, "we saw you hang it on the r» all right" * You sure hung it on him now, I'll say that/'